You won’t find a city named Narrows Gate on any map; in our world, it’s called “Hoboken” and it’s in New Jersey. It’s part of the New York metropolitan area and nicknamed “the Mile Square City.” For our purposes, that is all you need to know about Hoboken. What you should know about Narrows Gate is that it’s the name of Jim Fusilli’s blockbuster novel, an instant classic in print for the first time.
"[Fusilli's] full arsenal of talent is on display here --- from unforgettable characterization to complex but easily followed plots, to turns of phrase that you will underline, note, mark or copy, and quote to others."
NARROWS GATE was originally conceptualized and presented as an audio book; it was (is) a unique work of art that somehow captures the bygone days of radio drama, where the listener’s imagination is buoyed and inspired by the voices of the presenters. Its second coming in print form is an equal blessing; print and audio each have their own unique strengths, and in print form, the book is an explosive gallop for the mind, a joy that you won’t be able to read fast enough and will leave you wishing for more at its conclusion.
The novel takes place during the middle of the 20th century, roughly between the early 1930s and late 1940s. Its title is a working-class Italian neighborhood where wise guys are the silent but very visible rulers, feared by most and emulated by some. The plot follows the very different lives of three of Narrows Gate’s sons.
William “Bebe” Rosiglino is regarded as a chump during his boyhood, unable to keep a job or a friend. One day, however, his mother, the irrepressible Hennie, makes an incredible discovery: her son can sing. Bebe all too quickly becomes Billy Marsala, graduating from a singing waiter at supper clubs to headlining concert halls and topping the record charts. Mercurial and impulsive in temperament, Marsala would just as soon leave the world of Narrows Gate behind, but